Why So Serious?

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I'm Just Joking Around So, I have seen a lot of really impressive art based on Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker character from Batman in the 2008 movie The Dark Knight.  Mr. Legder's portrayal of the Joker is considered one of the best performances of his unfortunately short career. I decided to give the…

Meet Charlie

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There's nothing like good company... As promised in my previous post, I would like to introduce Charlie. Like many of my recent sketch subjects, I met Charlie on Pinterest.  At first, I didn't realize he had a name at all, but, the more time I spent with him, a persona started to emerge or was…

Creature Feature

I've been drawing the creepy's again So, yeah, I've drawing the creepy stuff again.  Just to draw something a bit out of the norm.  I'm not even sure what this guy is supposed to be...a vampire, I guess. He appears to be a little aggressive, even angry, but this guy is a picture of health…

Sinister Monkey?

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I just couldn't resist sketching this guy So, one of the blogs I follow posted a photo of this monkey with a subtle, yet unusual, expression recently. The monkey's expression had a slight "I'm going to take over the world" look and I knew I wanted to capture his expression in a sketch.  So, I…

Tattoos and Artistic Freedom

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When I finished this portrait..it just didn't feel complete This portrait is based on a reference photo I saved over a year ago.  For some reason, I just kept on skipping over it when I would search my saved images for a photo reference. Then I began to have an interest in doing a sketch…

Daily Sketching Update

I'm continuing to sketch each morning...and sometimes evenings too! I am thankful that I have pickup up my pens and pencils and began making marks again.  There is something about this nearly meditative activity that I find so relaxing.  Once I get into the "flow state" time seems to pass unnoticed, my mind releases any…

Pen & Ink Portrait of Ras

The inspiration for this portrait came from the iOS app Sktchy.  I was drawn to his overall look, the short dreadlocks, glasses, and facial hair, etc. I tried to keep the sketch fairly loose and have fun with it. Have a great day, Mike This sketch was created using Micron 005, Micron Brush Pen, Gelly…

Gorilla Sketch

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Back to pen & ink for this one.  I started out sketching a Gorilla portrait, but...I'm not sure if that's what I ended with? I just don't feel that I really captured the gorilla the way I intended to.  Something seems a little off to me.  Perhaps the lower portion of the face it a…

Stong and Proud

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I'm continuing to sketch daily, my mornings this past week were spent working on this lion portrait. I used a reference photo from Pixabay, I was drawn to the confidence and strength that could be sensed in this lion's gaze.  I began with a light pencil underdrawing and then continued to develop this sketch using…

Ford F100 Sketch

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More marks on the page... The subject of this sketch was previously featured as a  photography post.  Some of you may remember The Green and Grungy Monster that I published a few months ago.  At the time of posting the original photography, one of my longtime followers suggested that it would make a good drawing and…

Chimpanzee Sketch

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Another sketch from this week... this one was a real blast to create! My original intent was for this sketch to be created with pen and ink.  However, once I completed the pencil outline I was really liking the direction the sketch was taking.  So, I decided to stick with pencil and continue to develop…

Hornet Sketch

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Another page from my sketchbook. My sketching habit is becoming more integrated into my daily routine.  Quite often I not only sketch in the early morning hours but try to sneak a little time in the evenings as well. Putting the pen or pencil to paper is such a therapeutic experience.  It's so calming for…

Creature Sketch – Cave Troll

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A little something different went into my sketchbook this week. A creature. This one, in particular, is based on a cave troll from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.  You can view the actual scene here if interested. This cave troll was a blast to create.  I spent a bit more time on this…